Making my first computer


Apr 5, 2009
I'm making my first computer and im on a bit of a budget, I'll be using my computer mostly for gaming but I don't need to to be amazing or anything, just playable(unlike my current comp).

I made a quick list of the parts I'm thinking of going with, but as this is my first time building a computer i really don't know what I'm doing.

265 - cpu/mobo -
-15 rebate
50 - ram -
-25 rebate
65 - hard drive -

23 - optical drive -

200 - video card/power supply -

100 - monitor -

110 - case -

If anyone has any suggestions for lowering price without sacrificing to much performance or any suggestions in general that would be great.


Dec 24, 2008
You went overboard a bit on the CPU/mobo, so if you want to reduce price and not sacrifice performance then you could do this:

That PSU you chose is way too much for your system. Something like this would be fine for you:

Get a better HDD, like this one:

Now you can either pocket those savings, or put them into a better gpu and monitor.

Those suggestions come to about $805 with shipping, then you get $70 MIR
I don't know what your price range is, but I do know that build up above could use some help. Let's see what we can do here. :) Also please post a budget, and if that budget includes an O/S (Operating system/Windows). If your on a budget, remember to "shop around"...don't let newegg be your only source for hardware or your going to cheat yourself out of $$$ not to mention your going to end up with a crappier build than what you could have. Ok let's try this.....

1) You chose a nice looking case, but when your on a budget and the expense of the case takes away from the rest of your buid....well look for an alternative case that still looks decent, is inexpensive, and does a decent job ..sans cooling/ventilation/air flow, room, etc...

2) That 850w psu you have is great if your going to run something like 2 x gtx 285's in SLI...but your not. Try out this 500w down below. It's more than enough to push your rig including vid card.

3) The mobo and cpu combo you found is a great deal and all that, but it's over kill if you don't plan on over clocking with that board, and your not running a high end vid card. This board and cpu down below will allow you to push that E7400 up to 3.5GHz @ 1333 fsb (10.5 x 333) with a decent after market heat sink and thermal compound. But as it is, that cpu will do just fine for what you want it for, and it won't bottle neck your vid card.

4) Vid card: This gts 250 is twice the vid card you chose, and will allow you to play better games and not get hosed on the fps.

5) Memory...this G.Skill down below is what we call "solid memory". It's a rarity if someone ever gets a bad stick of this, and it's always compatible with just about every mobo out there. Good cheap solid memory that does what it's suppose to.

6) dvd/cd chose an EIDE burner...never ever choose EIDE anything. Always get the SATA due to airflow, ease of installation, etc....

7) Monitor...This monitor down below is a 19" wide screen, but it has a native resolution of 1680 x 1050...up from the standard 1440 x 900 for 19" wide screens. :)

8) I'm not sure if you have an O/S, so I put the link for Vista 64 Home Premium oem on this post. <=== Better link for that case in this build as far as pics and reviews. <=== Better link for that mobo in this build as far as pics and reviews. $48.45
Antec Three Hundred No PS Mid Tower Gamer Case (Black) $59.99 ($49.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
OCZ StealthXStream OCZ500SXS 500W ATX12V / EPS12V Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $74.99
GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L Core 2 Quad/ Intel P43/ DDR2/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard $119.99 Free Shipping*
Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail $129.99
EVGA 512-P3-1150-TR GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail $42.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $64.99 Free Shipping*
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $24.99 Free Shipping*
LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM $119.99 Free Shipping*
ASUS VW192T+ 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 4000:1(1000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail / High resolution WSXGA+

Total: $688.37 *(not including shipping and rebates) $99.99 Free Shipping*
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM


Apr 5, 2009
My budget is around $700, I am willing to spend more but I'd like to stay around that area if i can.

As for the case, I could really care less about the looks, I just chose it because it was recommended to me. And when it comes to the power supply I really have no idea. I'm definitely gonna be checking out everything you recommended so thanks a ton for all the links/advice.